Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, announced a partnership with leading tour operator Arabian Smile Holidays. The centrepiece of the announcement was the joint launch of ‘Abu Dhabi and Beyond by Arabian Smile Holidays’, an innovative travel program to discover Abu Dhabi and other key European destinations on the Etihad network.
Having designated 2011 as ‘The Year of Abu Dhabi’, Etihad is vigorously promoting Abu Dhabi as a holiday destination. The airline’s aim is to entice more travellers from Thailand to experience the unique culture and all the wonders the UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, has to offer.
Through this partnership, Etihad and Arabian Smile Holidays, which is a part of Universal Travel Link & Services, are presenting a wide range of tour packages from Bangkok to Abu Dhabi plus Dubai, and Bangkok to Abu Dhabi with convenient connections Paris, Milan, London and other destinations in the UK and Europe.
Thai travelers will have the chance to visit major attractions in the UAE such as the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Theme Park, Emirates Palace Hotel, Burj Khalifah Tower, and the Jumeirah Mosque, plus many others. For those who opt for the ‘beyond’ packages to European destinations, the program includes must-visit attractions such the Eiffel Tower or the Palace of Versailles in Paris; the Duomo in Milan, Italy; or Stonehenge, Old Trafford, and Harrods in the UK.
Suwadee Pachariyangkun, Arabian Smile Holidays Founder & CEO, said: “While renowned as the most important cultural destination in the UAE, Abu Dhabi is also home to many international luxury hotels, as well shopping opportunities, entertainment and leisure facilities, as is Dubai. These are up and coming destinations and that’s the reason why we choose the UAE, particularly Abu Dhabi. I’m confident that there’s a very strong potential to attract travellers from Thailand.”
Craig Thomas, Etihad Airways’ Country Manager for Thailand and Mekong region said: “We are expecting this package to be extremely popular, particularly with Thai travellers who are looking to experience modern Arabian culture in Abu Dhabi. If they go for the ‘Abu Dhabi and Beyond’ package, they can travel simply and conveniently with our award-winning product and services on to Europe and farther, in just one trip.”
The packages that are on offer include: Bangkok – Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Bangkok – Abu Dhabi – Paris, Bangkok – Abu Dhabi – Milan, and Bangkok – Abu Dhabi – London.
Source = Etihad Airways